Michael D Hogue, Johnson County native, has been selected as the Dean of the School of Pharmacy at Loma Linda University at Loma Linda, Calif.
For the past 15 years, Hogue has been a professor of pharmacy at Samford University, Birmingham, Ala. Loma Linda is located in San Bernardino County, a region known as the “Inland Empire” just east of Los Angeles.
A 1990 graduate of Vienna High School from the Cypress community, Hogue then completed his pre-pharmacy work, receiving an Associate’s Degree of Science from Shawnee Community College. He then transferred to Samford University to complete both his Bachelor’s of Science in Pharmacy degree and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
After several successful years in patient care practice, Hogue returned to Samford in 2004 to join the faculty. He quickly rose through the academic ranks achieving full tenured professor status in 2014, becoming Department Chair in Pharmacy practice and later serving a one year stint as Interim Dean at Samford.
Most recently he has served as the Associate Dean of the Center for Faith and Health in the College of Health Sciences, all the while maintaining his teaching role in pharmacy.
It’s been a good year for Dr. Hogue. In May he learned of his election by his peers to become the 165th President of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) in 2020. APhA is the oldest and largest pharmacist professional organization in the United States.
Hogue has served in various capacities with APhA over the past 26 years, and will have the unique distinction as being the first president in the organization’s history to serve as national president of both APhA’s student academy and its practice academy, and Speaker of APhA’s House of Delegates prior to serving as president.
Shortly after learning of this election, Dr. Hogue was also notified of his selection for induction into the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in July of this year, as a result of his significant work in immunization practice.
Hogue is largely credited as being one of the founders of the pharmacy-based immunization movement in the U.S., working with a team of pharmacists and other staffers at APhA to create an advocacy and training program which has resulted in all 50 states allowing pharmacists to administer vaccines and nearly every pharmacist in America having completed the training program.
While not the first pharmacist to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he is the first pharmacist with the Doctor of Pharmacy degree to be inducted, and is the youngest person (at age 46) ever to be inducted.
Hogue reflects fondly on his roots in Johnson County.
“The formative education I received at Cypress Elementary School and Vienna High School prepared me exceptionally well for college, graduate school, and for life,” he said. “Johnson County has some of the best schools and best teachers in the country, and should do all it can to continue to support the administration and teachers of those schools. I’m very proud to be from Johnson County.”
Michael is the son of David and Bonnie Hogue of rural Vienna. His wife, Heather, is also a pharmacist. The couple have two daughters, Olivia, who is a freshman at Samford University, and Anne Elise, a tenth grader.